New Leash on Life

A New Leash On Life

Since 2006 we have partnered with Mountain View Correctional Institute in a program called "A New Leash on Life." This program allows eight inmates to train four of our dogs in basic obedience. The dogs spend ten weeks in training at the correctional facility. The program makes our animals more adoptable, preparing them for their forever homes, and has changed the lives of all the inmates involved.

 

Humane Society Dogs Go Home with AKC Registrations

Through New Program

 The Avery County Humane Society has joined forces with the American Kennel Club to provide more training and opportunities for the community’s homeless dogs.

 Now all dogs that graduate from the New Leash on Life program will go to their new homes with a registration in the AKC Canine Partners program. The Canine Partners program enables mixed-breeds and purebreds “without papers” to enjoy AKC benefits and compete in AKC events, including agility and rally trials.

The registrations include other benefits of value to all dog owners, including 60 days of free pet health insurance and a one-year subscription to the AKC Family Dog magazine that includes tips on training, grooming and health care.

Owners receive a registration certificate from AKC, suitable for framing, which includes the dog’s name and individual AKC number.

 “This is a great opportunity for the new owners of our dogs to receive valuable resources from the AKC to help them care for and train their dogs,” said Charlene Calhoun, shelter manager. “It also gives our owners and dogs access to all the events and programs that the AKC offers.”

 Avery County Humane Society works in conjunction with the Mountain View Correctional Institute in Spruce Pine on the New Leash on Life program that benefits both the shelter’s dogs and the prison’s inmates. Shelter dogs live with inmates, who are selected as trainers, for several weeks. Professional dog trainers conduct classes at the prison and advise the inmates on the dogs’ behavioral and training needs.

 The socialization and training prepare the dogs for life with their new families, and that increases their adoptability. “Having basic training and socialization will make these dogs’ transition into their new homes much smoother for both them and their new families,” Calhoun said. New Leash on Life also benefits the inmates who learn responsibility and dog care skills that may help them find future employment in the animal care field.

 The AKC looks forward to a long relationship with the Avery Humane Society and New Leash on Life, which is a program of the NC Department of Corrections. “We are delighted to work with such a dedicated group of people who work so diligently to find good homes for these deserving dogs,” said Mark Dunn, Assistant Vice President of AKC Canine Partners.

 The American Kennel Club Inc.  is the oldest dog registry in the country, having been founded in 1884. The not-for-profit organization not only registers dogs and governs dog shows, it works to improve the health and welfare of all dogs though the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the AKC Companion Animal Recovery service, disaster relief and more.

For more information on adopting a dog, contact the Avery Humane Society at 828-733-2333 or averyhumanesociety@att.net. For more information on AKC Canine Partners, contact akccaninepartners@akc.org or call 919-816-3749.

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Judy and Ron Rowland and Mr. Vaughn

Judy and Ron Rowand were the initial trainers for the New Leash on Life Program. Judy has been a professional trainer for 40 yrs.Judy helped get the flagship program started in Marion and Black Mt units. Ron and Judy are happy to be helping with the program at Mt. View Correctional facility.

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 Group currenly in training:

Group 8_18 

From Left to Right: Dew, Lilith, Saber, and Molly

Available Dogs in Training

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Saber

Saber

2 Years Old
Neutered Male
Shepherd/Dane Mix

"Saber will be a really good family dog. He is great around people." NLOL Trainers

He is currently enrolled in the New Leash on Life training program. Through the New Leash on Life program they are trained in basic obedience including house training. While in training they are not allowed visitors. This is prison policy not ours. I visit the prison once a week to check on their progress and watch the training. They can be adopted at any time but cannot leave the prison until graduation. Graduation is set for October 2nd at 2 p.m.

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Clyde

10 Month Old
Neutered Male
Australian Cattle Dog/Terrier Mix


Clyde is a playful boy with tons of puppy energy! He would be great for any family! Clyde is currently enrolled in the New Leash on Life training program. Through the New Leash on Life program they are trained in basic obedience including house training. While in training they are not allowed visitors. This is prison policy not ours. I visit the prison once a week to check on their progress and watch the training. They can be adopted at any time but cannot leave the prison until graduation. Graduation is set for December 11th at 2 p.m.

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Luna

7 Month Old
Spayed Female
Shepherd Mix

Luna is a sweet puppy who needs some training and room to play. Luna is currently enrolled in the New Leash on Life training program. Through the New Leash on Life program they are trained in basic obedience including house training. While in training they are not allowed visitors. This is prison policy not ours. I visit the prison once a week to check on their progress and watch the training. They can be adopted at any time but cannot leave the prison until graduation. Graduation is set for December 11th at 2 p.m.

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Heidi

11 Month Old
Spayed Female
Hound/Beagle Mix

Heidi was brought in after her owner passed away. She knows commands come, down, up. Heidi paces when she need to go outside and has been crated but cries and barks in the crate. Heidi has lived with another dog and is described as very loving and smart. The only thing with Heidi which brings her back to the shelter is Heidi doesn't know how to "human play". She likes to nip and bark and gets overly excited. She just needs a little training so she can learn what it is like to play with a person and she will be good as new. Heidi is currently enrolled in the New Leash on Life training program. Through the New Leash on Life program they are trained in basic obedience including house training. While in training they are not allowed visitors. This is prison policy not ours. I visit the prison once a week to check on their progress and watch the training. They can be adopted at any time but cannot leave the prison until graduation. Graduation is set for December 11th at 2 p.m.

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Pumpkin

11 Month Old
Spayed Female
Hound Mix

Pumpkin was found stray and the finder is unable to care for her. She knows commands sit, stay and shake. She has been sleeping in a crate and has stayed with other dogs and cats. She is friendly with children but jumps and may be too much for small children without some training. She is described as very smart and playful. Pumpkin is currently enrolled in the New Leash on Life training program. Through the New Leash on Life program they are trained in basic obedience including house training. While in training they are not allowed visitors. This is prison policy not ours. I visit the prison once a week to check on their progress and watch the training. They can be adopted at any time but cannot leave the prison until graduation. Graduation is set for December 11th at 2 p.m.

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